Vibe In The Park Music Sessions During the JBay Winterfest

Every year the JBay Winterfest has a number of free music sessions, and this year is going to be no different. This year the fun will all be going down in the Supertubes Park, for the 2019 Vibe In The Park gigs.

The Vibe In The Park is part of the sports and music festival that is the JBay Winterfest. Events include the Corona JBay Open Men and Women’s surfing contest, the Endurade JBayX Trail Run, the Moto-X Funduro, the Skins Fishing Tournament and the Winterfest Bowls tournament.

The Vibe In The Park music kicks off in the afternoons, and with a few bands playing into the evening, as the sun goes down. There are a number of well-known and popular high-profile bands and musicians who will be performing this year, and their names will be announced soon.

Along with the more famous bands, there are also a number of equally talented and well-known local bands that will be on stage this year. They are Loco Madera, The Rhythm Junkies, Black River Gypsy, Sunshine Factory, High Violet and Panic Station.

Sunshine Factory consists of two of the Eastern Cape’s top musicians who came together to form a duo that plays everything from old-school jazzy pop to rock ‘n roll hits to current radio favourites, but in their own special way.

Therese Smith (vocals, percussion and guitar) uses her incredible voice to make your favourite songs come to life while Andrew Warneke (bass guitar) uses a looper, effects, and playing techniques to create intricate soundscapes.

They can be found at

Sunshine Factory

Loco Madera is a duo consisting of David Houghton and Michelle Ohlhoff, both freelance musicians for over 20 years. Despite both working professionally in Gauteng for several years, their paths only crossed in JBay after they had both moved to the Eastern Cape. 

They discovered they share an affinity for jazz, in particular the Latin American genres. They teamed up to form a guitar duo for which Michelle also sings. They soon started performing original music, incorporating exciting flamenco rhythms into their arrangements.  And so, Loco Madera, meaning “crazy wood”, was born.

Loco Madera

  • Friday 12 July 2019
  • 2-4 pm – Loco Madera
  • 4-6 pm – The Rhythm Junkies
  • Saturday 13 July 2019
  • 2-4 pm – Black River Gypsy
  • 4-6 pm – Sunshine Factory
  • Friday 19 July 2019
  • 2-4 pm – Sunshine Factory
  • 4-6 pm – High Violet
  • Saturday 20 July 2019
  • 2-4 pm – Black River Gypsy
  • 4-6 pm – Panic Station

The Corona JBay Open is the anchor event for the JBay Winterfest, and takes place from 9 – 22 July.

More information on the JBay Winterfest can be found at

The JBay Winterfest is sponsored by Kouga Municipality and Howler – cashless event solutions.

Irma Booysen Controlled Burn



A controlled burn is planned for a section of the Irma Booysen Nature Reserve
during the week of 17 to 20 June 2019

This is an initiative of a partnership between the Kouga Municipality and FOSTER (Friends of the St Francis Nature Reserves) which is the non-government organisation mandated by the municipality to manage local nature areas. This hazard reduction burn, the first of a series of further controlled in the reserves, burns will be supported by a consortium of partners, namely Kouga Municipality Fire and Disaster Management, Sarah Baartman West Fire Protection, Sarah Baartman West District Municipality Fire Services, FOSTER, Eskom and the St. Francis Disaster Volunteer Group. These organization will contribute staff and firefighting resources. The fire services shall be on high alert and present at all times during and after the burn.

The burn is essential for the following reasons:

  • Prevent the spreading of runaway wildland fires during the summer season
  • Prevent damage to surrounding properties in the event of a wildfire.
  • Reduce the current high fire risk to landowners – under controlled and safe conditions.
  • Rejuvenate the biodiversity of the nature reserve ; vegetation and animals are well adapted to persist after fires and need periodic fires to germinate, establish or reproduce. This fire is scheduled to keep this in mind.

In preparation for the burn, FOSTER has cleared firebreaks around the proposed burn site as well as firebreaks on the boundary of Cape St Francis village.

Members of public are requested to stay away from the operational area for safety reasons and close windows. Authorities will ensure that all roads remain open for emergency vehicles and staff.

Preparing fire breaks

Municipality to report back on service delivery

Kouga communities will have the opportunity to discuss service successes, challenges and plans for their ward with the municipal leadership at a series of public meetings.

The meetings will take place from 18 June to 10 July 2019 at community halls across the region.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the meetings would also be used to address matters that were raised by residents during the recent Integrated Development Plan (IDP) community consultation sessions.

“We promised residents that we would return with feedback. We are pleased that we can make good on this promise and look forward to engaging further with our communities,” he said.

Wards have been grouped together for the meetings to make them as accessible as possible for residents. All meetings will start at 6pm.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 18 June for ward 13 at the Weston Community Hall·
  • 19 June for ward 1 at the Sea Vista Community Hall
  • 20 June for wards 2 and 14 at the Pellsrus Community Hall
  • 24 June for wards 3, 8 and 11 at the Newton Hall
  • 25 June for wards 4 and 5 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre
  • 26 June for wards 6, 12 and 15 in a tent at the KwaNomzamo Hall
  • \27 June for ward 7 at the Loerie Community Hall
  • 1 July for ward 7 at the Katriena Felix Hall 
  • 2 July for wards 9 and 13 at the Vusumzi Landu Hall
  • 3 July for wards 10 and 13 at the Dan Sandi Hall
  • 4 July for ward 12 at the St Francis Bowling Club
  • 8 July for wards 12 and 14 at the Aston Bay Hall
  • 9 July for ward 1 at the Oyster Bay Community Hall
  • 10 July for ward 15 in a tent at the Humansdorp Country Club

    Media Release  –  Kouga Municipalit